lloret de mar d'en plaja castle

View of the D’en Plaja Castle in Lloret de Mar

Lloret de Mar:

Lloret de Mar was the perfect place to have my first, and certainly not the last travel bloggers conference, known as TBEX. Prior to this event, l had no knowledge of the existence of this beach town. Now, l can’t seem to stop singing it’s praises. I fell in love. I hope my pictures do it justice.

lloret de mar in costa brava

Santa Clotilde Gardens

Lloret de Mar has been a favorite destination for people in the European Union for ages. I knew Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner spent some time in Costa Brava during their tumultuous courtship. I did not know that Truman Capote wrote his classic “In Cold Blood” there as well. This was told to us by the town car driver. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could write about such horrible, grisly murders while surrounded by such incredible beauty.

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The Hotel Rosamar and  Spa  which was right on the beach. It was a half board that included full breakfast too, none of that continental breakfast nonsense with dry croissants and cereal. The hotels in Lloret de Mar can be booked as all inclusive as well for a few extra bucks. Very convenient!

My room

My room

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View from my hotel room terrace

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My room with a view. The Hotel Rosamar and Spa

There are beautiful beaches all along the coast line, so you have your pick. The closest one to the hotel was the Lloret beach. It was so nice to be able to walk the length daily to attend the conference. There were parties nightly, and l never felt unsafe walking by myself in the middle of the night.

Paradise found :-)

Paradise found :-)

One of the open air art pieces found along the beach front..

One of the open air art pieces found along the beach front..

I also loved walking down the narrow streets discovering little surprises like the Catholic church Santa Roma, with it’s Gothic look or a sweet little bakery that a friend and l had the most delicious red velvet cupcakes.

German tourist! He kept trying to talk to me, and l asked him to pose..Here is the result.. :-) Friendly people everywhere

German tourist! He kept trying to talk to me, and l asked him to pose..Here is the result.. :-) Friendly people everywhere

Santa Roma church in looret de mar

Santa Roma Catholic Church

The visit to Santa Clotilde Gardens was so special. It had the most amazing views of the sea. The gardens were donated to the city by the family that own the house. The upkeep required 14 gardeners daily! They do however still retain ownership of the house which is closed to the public. It’s such a beautiful place that you could easily spend hours just people watching and taking in the spectacular views.

I love this!

I love this!

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View of the sea from one of the many vantage points

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I loved the statues, and wished l had my other lens for closeups!

The excursion of the coast line with MST Nautica (Charter Lloret) was awesome! Getting to see Lloret de Mar and the neighboring towns from the other side was fantastic.

charter lloret MST Nautica

Marco. Our fantastic Captain..

On our way!

On our way!

One of the coves we saw along the Costa Brava

One of the caves we saw along the Costa Brava

Beautiful..

Beautiful..

I want one of those!

I want one of those!

The neighboring town of Tossa de Mar

The neighboring town of Tossa de Mar

Tapas:  Workshop at El Romani restaurant in Lloret de Mar with about 10 other bloggers. It was so much fun learning and getting to try our hand at making tapas! Alas.. my creation did not win! I did however, get to enjoy a lot of awesome food.

el romani restaurant tapas lloret de mar

How do you say no to this? Answer… you don’t :-)

Jamon, and more jamon!

Jamon, and more jamon!

The mussels were out of this world!

The mussels were out of this world!

Anchovies! and something that looks like sardine, but it is not!!! Delicious!

Anchovies! and something that looks like sardine, but it is not!!! Delicious!

The freshest ingredients..

The freshest ingredients..

My creation! I went first. I should have waited to see what others came up with .. :-)

My creation! I went first. I should have waited to see what others came up with .. :-)

Some other creations by the bloggers

Some other creations by the bloggers

The owner, Joan Pau judging..

The owner, Joan Pau judging..

The opening night party at the Santa Cristina beach:

Lloret de Mar dofi jet boats - senti la costa brava

We were ferried in from Lloret de Mar with Dofi jet boats

I recognize Lincoln..

I recognize Lincoln..

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Every one was having a good time..

The band was fantastic!

The band was fantastic!

The sessions at the conference were very helpful. I came away with way more knowledge, and l am going to implement a lot of the things l learned. Thank you to everyone who made this such a memorable event! I hope l never get to the point where l am jaded by any of this. A lot of people spent many hours getting this all together, and l am so grateful to TBEX and the tourism board of Lloret de Mar and Costa Brava.

Tossa de Mar - pin it for later access.

Tossa de Mar – pin it for later access.

parish church of sant roma

What do you think of my epic first blogger conference? Does Lloret de Mar sound like a place you would consider in the future? or are you just not a beach lover?